Diane Billham Gongaware established this scholarship in August of 2020 as a resource to help WLU students majoring in Business. A native of Weirton, WV, she looks back fondly on her own years as a student of West Liberty State College.
Diane is a 1978 graduate of WLU, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. She later earned an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. She then went on to become a successful senior leader across the communications technology sector, leading $2B+ sales and marketing teams in Fortune 500 companies such as Cisco and Verizon. Her experience spans all business market segments across commercial, state and local government, enterprise-wide large business and service providers. She has also been a principal, president and general manager of several successful venture-backed, innovative start-up companies.
All contributions to said fund shall be administered in the manner set forth herein, and Fund disbursements shall be made in accordance with the provision specified in this document.
Uses and Purposes
The Diane Billham Gongaware Scholarship has been created to financially aid students majoring in Business. The amount and number of scholarships awarded will be based on the spendable income available in the fund. The scholarship is renewable for up to four years.
Minimum Requirements for Consideration:
- Enrolled as a Business Major
- In order to renew the scholarship, must maintain a minimum 3.0 after freshman year
- Preference to minority disadvantaged candidates
The selection of a worthy candidate will be administered by the Dean of the Gary E. West College of Business with Input from appropriate faculty members as needed and the Director of Financial Aid. Must be based on the requirements above.